4 Things to Know Before Buying the Best Blender for Smoothies

Choosing the best blender for smoothies can get a bit techie. After all, blenders are power tools brought in kitchen and you will be face to face with watts, horsepower and amps. Not a very kitchen language, right?

Let’s make it easy and translate bender tech language into kitchen language.

What Makes the Best Blender the Best?


When you are choosing a new blender, you need to look at many features to determine which one is right for you.

Since we are looking for the best blender for smoothies, I will assume you will be using your new blender 3 times a week, blending fresh and frozen fruits, some leafy greens and ice. Maybe veggies as well. I will also assume you want the best value for the money you pay and that, of course, you will be satisfied with the blending it will perform.

what is the best blender for smoothies

To make the research even more broad and thorough, beside using my own experience, as well as my friend’s and family’s, I also went through the summary of 6209 reviews of blenders on ProductReview.com.

 

It boils down to 4 things you need to know before buying your blender:

  1. How powerful blender do you need?
  2. What shape of the blender jar you need?
  3. What type of control over motor do you want?
  4. Do you want a glass or plastic blender jar?

 

Number 1: How Powerful Blender do You Need?


Anyone with a blender knows that inconsistent, chunky blending is a pain in the bottom side. One part of a smoothie-to-be rise to the top of a jar and stay there, while others get liquefied at the bottom.

This unwanted phenomena happen because of 2 factors: power and shape.

 

Let’s talk about power first.

Blender companies will often state “peak HP” (peak horsepower) in their blender’s specification, just to show off. This is purely a marketing thing and has little to no value to you, as a user.

Let’s elaborate on this: Blender has a motor that spins the blade.

The “peak HP” is the maximum motor output. It’s the maximum power your blender has. However, you never use your blender at “peak HP” because it is not sustainable, working power for a blender.

In other words, if you would use your blender at “peak HP” it is like you would be driving your car at a very top speed all the time – the motor would overheat, fail and broke.

powerful blender motor

However, because power is one of the main things that defines a good blender, what you want to look at “Watts”, “Volts” and/ or “amps”.

For smoothies, you might get away with low-powered blender – but only if you intend to blend soft, fresh fruits, no ice, no frozen fruits and no leafy greens.

A low-powered blender is not suitable for heavy-duty tasks such as crushing ice or frozen fruit. They may blend soft, fresh fruits well but the consistency will not be even in most cases.

To keep it simple, the higher the number the better.

Higher Watts mean smoother smoothie and longer life of your blender.

 

For example, a 1560 Watts blender will blend anything you desire in your smoothie, while a 600 Watts blender will struggle with pretty much anything that is not juicy and soft.

 

Number 2: The Shape of the Blender Jar


The shape of the blender jar is another very important feature in a blender.

If you take all the “Watts” and the “Horsepower” out of a $500 Blendtec blender and use it with the jar from a $20 consumer blender, you won’t end up with a very good result.

Different jar designs work better for blending different things.

 

For smoothies, you will be probably best off with the Blendtec’s square jar. Blendtec’s square jar design automatically pulls ingredients toward the blade because of the corners that disrupts the blending flow. So instead of creating a vortex and spinning ingredients around in a circle, they hit the flat side of the jar.

square vs round jar
Square shaped jars work better for blending smoothies.

 

A relatively round jar, for example like Vitamix’s, tend to work better with thicker ingredients – nuts, seeds and purees. Thicker ingredients are blended better with vortex.

Number 3: What Type of Control do You Want?


At some point you will have to decide what kind of control do you want over your blender. You can choose between a pre-programmed or a manual speed controls.

I believe, the pre-programmed control blenders have advantages, because they are easier to use – you push one button for each cycle. With pre-programmed control motor, the blender automatically varies the speed during the cycle based on your choice, stops at a specified time and you’re done!

The result is a consistent quality of a smoothie, regardless of who is making it. The speed variation during a specific blend cycle help move the contents around the jar more thoroughly. This way you avoid having to remove jar from the base to shake it or use a tamper to get complete blending.

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Manual and pre-programmed controls of a blender

 

On the other hand, manual controls allow you to have complete control over your blending with the variable speed dial, as well as low/high-speed switches. Although this allows complete control of the blending, it requires your full attention during the blend cycle.

I personally like the benefits of a bit of extra technology, such as microprocessor controls, where I can walk away from blending doing other things.

 

Number 4: Glass or Plastic Jar?


For safety reasons, I would recommend plastic jugs only. Why?

Blenders are powerful tools. With high- speed blades and high horsepower motors, glass isn’t the safest option.
If a spoon or knife, were accidentally left in the blender, a glass jar could shatter and potentially cause an injury. Using plastic is a much safer option to avoid injuries, breakage or chipped glass that can, god-forbid, end up in your smoothie .

broken blender jar glass
Plastic blender jars are safer to use than glass jars.

Other things that you may want to consider before buying your blender is also the durability of a blender, the noise and the price you are willing to pay.

 

How Durable Is The Blender?


A good blender should last years – Blendtec, for example, has an 8 year warranty. Vitamix has a 7 year warranty.

Lower-end blenders ware out their blades fast (8 to 12 months) because they were not built for the jobs they are being used for.

The durability of your blender depends on:

  • what will go into it – in our case fruits, veggies and ice,
  • how often you will use it –  3 times a week,
  • what you are willing to pay for it.

Blenders can be durable, but an entry-level model enduring heavy use,

which crushing ice or frozen fruits is, is not going to survive.

How Much Noise Does A Blender Make?


No matter how powerful, expensive or basic – blenders are loud; it’s part of the deal.

The Best Blender For Smoothie Is…


From 6209 reviews and experience, buying a lower end blender built for basic tasks is a great way to waste your money. A blender is an appliance where you can end up spending more by spending less.

From reading some the reviews, I noticed a lot of people were buying cheaper blenders for more heavy-duty use. These blenders did not perform as well and also wore out much quicker. Invest in a good blender that will blend any smoothie you desire and serve you for years.
You may start with smoothies but honestly, blenders are an amazing gadget to have and you’ll quickly find yourself blending soups, cheese cakes, muffins and nuts.

It took my mom 7 months of blender research and another 2 months before she was ready to swallow up the $700 price tag.
10 years later, she’s happy as Larry with that same blender.

Fruity smoothie
Blend yourself a morning smoothie and sip on it with joy.

You read the article this far, which only means you already did your blender research and are seriously thinking about getting yourself a shiny new blender.  You also, probably, have a model or two that you feel wound work like a charm.

And I would guess that at least one if not both of your top 2 models are either Vitamix or Blendtec.

Allow me to put you in ease: you did a very good research. You cannot go wrong with either of them. They are high-power, reliable, durable machines that will handle your smoothies like a pro.

If you intend to blend it pays up to pay up.

 

My personal favorite for smoothies is Blendtec simply because of it’s square jar that I think work best for smoothies and pre-programmed controls. Never had any issues or chunks.

 

So here’s the number 1 blender for smoothies:

Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender

 Want to know more? Read about Blendtec Total Classic Original blender.

 

 

I hope you found the information that is useful to you. If you have any questions, want to share your experience or just chat on this topic, write a comment below. I’d love to hear your point of view!

Till next time,
Katya

31 thoughts on “4 Things to Know Before Buying the Best Blender for Smoothies”

  1. I love to use blenders for juicing and making protein powdered smoothies right after a good workout. I like your thorough research; it gave me the important details and facts on what makes a blender do what it does. I believe enjoying a glass of smoothy filled with rich fruits and veggies can bring harmony into oneself. I believe that having those nutrients and vitamins can do the body good. I save a lot of time in the mornings especially, and this is all due thanks to my blender, I just pour in milk, protein powder, some raw oats, peanut butter, one raw egg, a banana, few strawberries and blueberries and blend those in. And then drink it and off to work. But, thank you for this article.

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    • Hi JD, thank you for leaving your comment. Blenders are amazing, specially the morning dose, just like you said 🙂 Keep on blending!

      Katya

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  2. This review of blenders was very helpful. Now I know to look for a blender with higher watts and since I like to make smoothies I should look for a square shaped jar.  Blenders can be very expensive, but if they can last over ten years as it did for your mom than I would say it is totally worth it.

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    • Hi Wendy, they can be expensive, yes, but at the end it’s worth to invest and be at peace – the higher price also comes with better costumer service, warranty and better quality. 

      Katya

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  3. Hi Katya – thanks for sharing this useful review. I never realised that peak horsepower had no value, I thought that was one of the main things I would look for in a blender. That is very good advice you have given as regards having a plastic jug rather than a glass one. I wonder if that makes it cheaper as well? I will definitely look into the Blendtec. All the best, Diane 

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    • Hi Diane, peak HP is an indicator how much power the blender can produce. For example a blander with advertised 3 peak HP will never produce 3 HP because it’s not necessary, unless you decide to stick a broom handle in it and at the exact moment when the blade stops – this is the 3 HP. 

      As for glass vs plastic cost – I would imagine plastic is less expensive and easier to mould, but then again, they use a co-polyester material that has greater chemical resistance which may bring the costs up again.

      If you have any questions let me know,

      Katya

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  4. I need such a blender that is not too noisy and that will contain so much juice at once and not the type that you will have to blend repeatedly before you can get through the whole juice. The blender I need should be able to blend anything I need to blend. A blender should as well be portable.

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    • Hi Kenechi, I aree with you that blender versatility is important. Although I’m not really sure what you mean by the amount of juice, blenders are loud and there is no way around it – it can be an issue, specially if you have little kids that you put to bed.

      Katya

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  5. Thank you for the informative post, personally I find it challenging while selecting a blender as i really did not have more information about them, I have already made some purchases before on blender and I have to confess that I never check on quality or even the basics of a good blender I just went in the stall and bought just a pocket friendly blender, I think I am very lucky as for now it has lasted for over 2 years, thou I rarely use it. Having gone through this post, I have come to learn more on how to select a perfect blender, actually I did not know that a blender made of glass is imposed to some risky, personally I have the glass one, but next time as I make a purchase I am sure to make the right choice and for this matter is has to be a  plastic one. I really appreciate for your help on this post, thank you.

    From Joy.

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    • Hi Joy, can I ask what kind of blender do you have? I’d be interesting to look into it and give it a spin, specially if it’s budget friendly and performs well! I didn’t think about glass issue either until it chipped and then there was an “ahaaa” moment 🙂

      Best,

      Katya

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  6. A super useful article on the main things to consider before investing in a blender for preparing smoothies. I read carefully through all your 4 main points and learned a lot about what to look for. I have been doing research as I need to replace my cheap $29 blender that gave out after less than 3 months of use.

    I do have a quality blender in Germany, and I paid quite a bit of money for it. It is in the house there and unfortunately, I am in Dubai at the moment. Therefore I am in the market for a new one for using here. I do not have access to some of the resources I have in Germany.

    I was able to get an industrial grade blender in Germany, as it was part of the business and marketing I was involved with (at a very decent price too). Here I am having to look at the retail market to see which brand is the one to select. Your suggestions have been extremely helpful. I am now.headed to the sales page for the brand you recommend. Thanks!

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    • Hi Dave, industrial grade blenders are beasts! It most be such a joy to just throw everything in and voila! Because you’re looking for a new one, take a second and have a look at Blendtec Total Classic Original blender – they’re available in Dubai. I believe it would serve you well.

      Let me know if you have any questions,

      Katya

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  7. For all the beginner veganists out there I have one tip. Pay attention to your bodies and see the positive changes that take place with the vegan diet.

    Test the diet on your own body and analyze your data 🙂

    It is true that you will need to change “gadgets” in your kitchen because veganism involves much much more chopping.

    I started the diet by blending. It was the first kitchen robot I bought and i still use it today.

    Veganism for me meant high quality sleep, abundant energy throughout the day, rejuvenation of the skin (for women is the best aesthetic treatment) and most importantly, a clear conscience (nobody suffered in favor of filling my stomach )!

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    • Hi Raluca, thank you so much for sharing your advice. I completely agree with you, every person is different and you have to get to know your body in order to give it what it needs and want – it really does tell you.

      Switching to vegan diet is not a one day task. It takes time, adjustments and some research so let’s not rush and do it right 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by,

      Katya

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  8. I definitely agree that in the case of blenders paying less is ultimately paying more. My mom, for example, uses a blender for all kinds of stuff, thus, pretty regularly. However, she always goes for the cheap ones findable in the supermarket. Needless to say, that she is burning through them at the rate of about a blender in 2-3 weeks.

    Plus, she’s always whining about the limitations they have, for example, you can’t blend nuts or seeds etc.

    I myself really don’t have a good experience with the Vitamix. When I and my wife invested in a new one a few hundreds, they sent us a completely worn out blender with damaged, exposed and cut wires. Needless to say, that we were so heavily disappointed by the obnoxious conduct that we just sent it back, plus they did claim to return shipping costs but never did so.

    Obviously, this might not happen for everyone but as far as my experience goes, it was a really unpleasant one and I would not go for this option.

    Blendtec, however, seems a very solid option.

    Cheers and thank you for the insights have a Great One!

    Matiss

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    • Hi Matiss, I’m sorry to hear you had a crappy experience with Vitamix..actually any type crappy experience, specially when you pay for a product or service is unacceptable. 

      My mom is a very tough cookie when it comes to buying gadgets and I remember Blendtec was her first and pretty much only choice.. and yeah, 10 years later, still going strong. However, my cousin went through at least 4 low-end blenders and at the end of it spent more than my mom.

      If you want to blend again, try Blendtec and I really do believe you’ll be happy with it.

      Best,

      Katya

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  9. This is a great post! I think it is brilliant that you have simplified to Power Tool terminology and converted it into kitchen language. This will make it easier for an ordinary person (like me) to make better purchasing decisions. These 4 questions are a lot easier to answer now that we know what they are referring to in simple terms.

    It is great to know how to find a really powerful blender because the advertising and marketing gurus are good at making any product look like it is more powerful than it is like giving you “peak HP”. It is quite disappointing when you expect your new machine to be powerful but it is just not up to the task.

    I never knew that the vortex disruption from a square jar resulted in better blending but that is great to know. I also prefer a bit of extra technology to make the job easier. I would prefer a glass blender but I know that the glass one will be broken within a week so plastic seems like the safest option.

    Does Blendtec sell replacement blades for the blenders or do you have to buy a new blender?

    Thanks for sharing this information!

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    • Thank you Renton, it’s really encouraging to hear that the translation helps!

      I tried to find the answer to you question for blade replacement and all I found is that if the blender is still under warranty, they will send you a new blender (no additional cost for you). But if it’s not you can send it in for repairs. I could not find anything more specific about sending new blades or new motor.

      I hope this helps. If you have any questions, let me know.

      Katya

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  10. Hello there Katya,

    I’ve recently implemented a lot of different fruits and vegetables into my daily diet and so far- I absolutely love it! I feel much better both- mentally and physically. I have gained some new motivation and energy to do my daily tasks with joy and feeling of well-beingness! However, the one problem which I have with my new diet is the fact that sometimes I just simply don’t like to eat fruits raw, especially apples and oranges for some reason. Therefore it would be so cool & useful to own a blender to make smoothies, which would resolve my issue completely as I love smoothies so much! I have checked out Blendtec and I have to say- I was impressed by it for numerous reasons. First of all it provides great build quality with high level of durability, and is made out of high quality materials. The second big reason why I like Blendtec is because of its useful features that make for some amazing versatility. I also really like the design of it- looks very proffesional and elegant. I think I will have to update my kitchen gear in the near future!

    Keep up the great work Katya and best of luck to You 😉

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    • Hi Evald, it looks like you found a solution for your problem! I’ve also heard that some people blend fruits because their teeth are sensitive to fruit’s acid. So it makes it easier and less painful to drink smoothie than to chew through an orange. One way or another, you need to get the vitamins.

      Because you’re thinking of getting a blender, take a minute and check out Blendtec Total Classic Original blender – it’s absolutely the best for smoothies.

      Best,

      Katya

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  11. Hi! Thank you for pointing out these four things to consider when deciding which blender is the best for us. I had already thought in Number 1: How Powerful Blender do you need? But I honestly hadn’t thought in the other three.

    I specially agree with you concerning plastic jars. Yes, when we have kids around it’s better to play safe.

    I have also read good reviews concerning Blendtec. I know it will handle my smoothies like a pro! Thank you very much!

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    • Hi Henry, I’m glad I could help. A blender is great when you have kids, specially picky eaters. You don’t need to battle over a slice of orange everytime, just mix up a good smoothie and that’s it, kids love it 🙂

      Best,

      Katya

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  12. I workout a lot and usually I need very powerful blender because of adding nuts to my blends. At the moment I have some cheap blender who is struggling fulfill my needs.. I am thinking about buying Blendtec blender, but it’s a bit expensive for me so I’ll have to save some money first. Thank you for the gread advises.

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    • Hi Petar, I totally understand the situation with lacking blender – I blew couple of cheap ones before settling for Blendtec. Actually, I have both Blendtec and Vitamix 🙂 Both are monsters and can’t go wrong buying either.

      For times when you’re ready to get a new blender, here’s a review of Vitamix and a review of Blendtec – hope it’ll make your decision easier.

      Best,

      Katya

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  13. I love how you have taken a step by step process to introducing this wonderful blender to us. Really nice. So far, in have used about 3 blender for smoothie since the start of this year till date. And as at now I don’t even have any because I’m tired of adding to the numbers. But from your description of this blender, it jmhas rejuvenated the urge to get a new one for me. Thanks for the information.

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  14. For a while now, I’ve been having issues with my blender because it makes a lot of noise and its not so strong, I’m looking out for a blender with high space inside the can blend my fruits at once. Please can you recommend so sites where I can buy any blender with such good quality????  I like this post and I’ve really learned some new things and I’m sure they’ll help whenever I’m buying my blender. Thanks to sharing this post, its really educating and eye opening.  Thanks for sharing

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    • Hi Jones, for fruits I’d still recommend Vitamix 5200. Although it’s not as powerful as 750 pro series, it has a taller, narrower jar that works amazing for blending fruits. It’s also cheaper than 750 pro series. I have it, use it on a daily basis and it works like a charm. 

      If you’re from Europe, Vitamix isn’t as popular as in the US or Australia. In EU Blendtec holds the throne. My mum has a Blendtec Total Classic and no complaints there either. Big jar, tremendous power and smooth consistency every time. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Ninja as well, but I haven’t tried it yet so I don’t have a first hand experience.

      I believe any of the about will meet your needs and you can find them on Amazon.com. Each of these brand have their own official, registered Amazon store:

      1. Vitamix Amazon store 
      2.
      Blendtec Amazon store
      3. Ninja Amazon store

      Hope this helps, if you have any question let me know,

      Katya

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  15. Hi Katya, I am so happy to have discovered your website. I read your ‘Best Blender for Smoothies’ article and you not only gave us the stuff to look for in a blender to suit our smoothie needs, but you gave us the interesting and informational pros and cons of glass vs. plastic, round jar vs. square details. I think I might be ready to plant a loud blender machine in my kitchen. It’ll get along with the fridge, stove, and microwave. I know that fruit and veggie smoothies will be much healthier for me than my jug of V-8.

    But the other reason I’m so happy I found your website is that I read your ‘About’ page and I thought it was wonderful. I’ve been a vegetarian since I was in my twenties. I was vegan for about 6 months til I couldn’t say No to cheese and ice cream anymore. But I love the fact that you’re challenging folks to try that way of life for awhile and see how they like it, or whether or not it changes their lives. Your picture with the chick and the Dr. Seuss quote brought tears to my ears. 

    Keep doing what you’re doing. There are many of us who appreciate it and stand to benefit from it. 

    Sue

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    • Hi Sue, I’m glad you found the article useful. There’s quite a flood of blender on the market and it’s good to know a little something about them before making a purchase. 

      But let’s put blenders aside; thank you for taking your time and sharing your experience. I was never vegetarian but went without meat for months. I was big on cheese and eggs though.. so I was curios about going vegan. The chick in the picture is actually a duckling and she and her siblings played a big part why I went vegan:) 

      I was in WA, Australia at the time, staying at the little family owned farm and was babysitting 8 ducklings. I had them since day one and we just bonded. Yellow, fluffy, mushy, crapping everywhere ducklings and me spending days together and when we had duck roast for lunch I said: “I guess I’m going full-time rabbit.”, excused myself, went to the garden with ducklings at my feet, following and made myself some salad. And that was it 🙂

       Thank you Sue,

      Katya

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  16. Wow this is a really cool product. Personally I don’t have a guide as to picking a blender, I just go yo the supermarket of the online shop and pick the one that I feel is fine enough and the price is not ba, and I guess that’s why I don’t always have a blender that last more than 4 months. I’ll make sure I go and get this suggested blender. Best regards.

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    • Hi Dane, there’re sooooo many different blenders on the market and a lot of times the quality comes with a price.
      If you don’t need blender much, or only use it for soft fruits and veggies you’ll probably be ok with a supermarket one. But if you use it a lot and for different things, than it’s probably best to get yourself a reliable brand.
      Since I’m travelling I didn’t want to invest in a good blender so I got myself a $30 blender from Kmart. After 2 weeks it literally melted trying to blend an apple 🙂 After that I bought a Vitamix and the Force is strong with this one 🙂

       Best,

      Katya

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